Beng: Z3R meets cutoff but sanitation needs a concern PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 11:50

by Claudine Uniana

The national and local governments remain steadfast in its commitment to transfer internally displaced persons (IDPs) to much safer and more permanent lodgings under the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery (Z3R) the soonest time possible, provided that sanitation requirements are first met.

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday disclosed that while the government is working hard to meet the June 2015 deadline set by no less than President Benigno Aquino III, ensuring that sanitation mechanisms are in place and public utilities are accessible at relocation sites makes compliance a little tricky.

“We already have complied with the deadline, though not 100% of the housing units were finished or turned over because we are very strict about sanitation purposes as well as the provision of water and electricity,” she told members of the local media during yesterday’s regular press briefing at City Hall.

She stated in detail: “We have partially turned over permanent housing units in Sta. Catalina and Mariki. We have already transferred our evacuees to Masepla as well as we will be transferring them also in Kasangyangan. Taluksangay has also permanent housing units.”

“We will just have to finalize each day if they can provide water utilities, but the most important thing we want is for sanitation for that to be fully complied,” she explained.

As for the relocation of IDPs to transitory sites, Mayor Beng announced that more temporary shelters will be turned over next month.

According to the local chief executive, Secretary Corazon Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development is scheduled to fly to the city on July 13 to turn over 700 temporary shelters. The cabinet official will be accompanied by International Organization for Migration (IOM) Philippines Chief of Mission Marco Boasso.

The rehabilitation of the Don Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex is also in her administration’s priorities.

“We will still be very bullish in trying to have its repairs done as soon as we are able to get the P200M from the national government,” the mayor said.

However, she clarified, the city is still negotiating with concerned agencies.

“The money will be turned over from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH),” she shared. “We want that the city ya lang coneste agara because we also have to meet our targets.” — Claudine Uniana